Back in 2013, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) and Blumenfeld Development Group signed an agreement to build a 160,000-square-foot retail complex accompanied by a 550-space parking garage across two vacant lots in downtown Jamaica, specifically at 90-01 168th Street and 90-02 168th Street. Then early last year, the developers said they would build an additional 105,000 square feet of retail space and an affordable residential building. DNAinfo now reports the 2013 deal has terminated, effectively halting any plans for the sites. At this point, the GJDC plans to release a new and updated Request for Proposals (RFP), that will more than likely include affordable housing, for both properties later this spring. Both lots are currently being used for surface parking.
For the past few years, Brooklyn-based landlord Todd Parjonas has been converting the two-story, 12,150-square-foot manufacturing building at 196 Fourth Avenue, between Sackett and Degraw streets in Gowanus, into a commercial-retail or office property. Commercial Observer now reports the Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group, a 24-hour animal hospital, has leased the entire building for the next 15 years, taking both the ground and second floors. The tenant expects to move into the repurposed property later this year, once it builds out its office space. Michael D. Just’s Brooklyn-based Just Architecture is the architect of record.
Property owner Xin Ling Huang has filed applications for a three-story, three-unit residential building at 2615 East 27th Street, in southern Sheepshead Bay, located three blocks north of the waterfront. The structure will measure 3,654 square feet in total and its full-floor residential units should average a spacious 1,197 square feet apiece, which means they will probably be condominiums. The project will also include a 300-square-foot garage for two automobiles. Flushing-based Thomas Tung PE is the applicant of record. The 40-foot-wide lot is currently occupied by one-and-a-half-story house and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock it down.
Xue H. Huang, head of Corona-based First Red Apple Realty, has filed applications for a seven-story, 32-unit residential building at 41-97 Parsons Boulevard, on the western end of East Flushing, located five blocks from Downtown Flushing’s Main Street. Initial new building applications were filed in March of 2014, but follow-up documents were not submitted until recently. The new building would encompass 37,087 square feet and its residential units should average a rental-sized 736 square feet apiece. There will also be space in the cellar for a medical office. According to the Schedule A, amenities include 16-car parking and 16 bike storage spaces in the cellar and a recreational area on the ground floor. Flushing-based Raymond Chan is the architect of record. The site’s former two-story house was demolished in October of last year.
Queens-based property owner Yun Lee has filed applications for two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 25-30 – 25-32 22nd Street, in western Astoria, located eight blocks west of the Astoria Boulevard stop on the N and Q trains. The two buildings will measure 2,491 and 2,641 square feet respectively, and the entire development will boast 5,391 square feet of residential space. That works out to average units measuring 899 square feet apiece, the majority of which will be full-floor apartments. Long Island-based Gad Ashoori is the applicant of record. Demolition permits were filed in October to remove an existing two-story house and a single-story garage.